Political Profile: Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton is a former Secretary of State and Senator from New York. She is also the wife of former President of the United States Bill Clinton and became the first and only First Lady to hold public office in 2001. She hails from Chicago and is running for the 2016 Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election. She is described as a “hard core liberal” by OnTheIssues.org.
Full Name: Hillary Rodham Clinton
Born: Oct. 26, 1947, Chicago
Education: Wellesley College, Yale Law School
Political Experience: U.S. Secretary of State, 2009-2013; U.S. Senator from New York 2001-2009
Work Experience: U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator
Family: Bill Clinton (husband), Chelsea Clinton (daughter)
Oddity: Clinton was president of the Young Republicans group at Wellesley College during her freshman year. She described herself as “a mind conservative and a heart liberal.”
On the Issues:
Economy: Wants to support middle class families by cutting taxes and raising their incomes while supporting small business.
Healthcare: Supports Affordable Care Act, wants to lower costs of prescription drugs and decrease costs of copays and deductibles.
Immigration: Wants to “bring millions of hardworking people into the formal economy” by providing a path to citizenship and access to healthcare, as well as ending family detention.
Foreign Policy: As Secretary of State, Clinton has had a huge influence on U.S. foreign policy. She supported the Iraq War, wants strong sanctions on Iran and adamantly supports Israel. She promoted supporting moderate rebels in the Syrian conflict. She also advocates for a strengthening of the United Nations.
Education: Supports free college education in public universities, wants to refinance current student debt and impose an income-based plan so that you are never paying more than 10% of your income toward student loans.
Environment: Wants to make America a “clean energy superpower” by installing half a billion solar panels across the country by the end of her first term with the goal of generating enough clean energy to power every home in America within the next 10 years. Also refuses to take a solid position on offshore drilling or the Keystone XL pipeline, even though she supported its initial construction.
Abortion: Pro-choice, opposed Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
Gay Marriage: Supports, although this view has changed since her campaign in 2008.
Drugs: Favors treatment and rehabilitation efforts over prison for low-level drug offenders, proposes a comprehensive plan for preventative measures against drug abuse.
Supporter: “I think Hillary Clinton could do whatever she puts her mind to. I really do. She’s incredibly dedicated to public service, she is smart as a whip, and she’s effective.” – Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California
Opponent: “At what point does somebody who’s been endorsed by Richard Mellon Scaife, who compliments Fox News, and who touts Karl Rove’s math ability actually cease to be a Democrat anymore?” Keith Olbermann, political commentator